Summary A post global-warming dystopian novel from the pen of Margaret Atwood, it focuses on Jimmy (aka Snowman), who believes himself to be the only human survivor of a deliberate viral destruction of the human race. This is the first part of the MaddAddam trilogy, so essentially is setting the scene for the next novels … Continue reading Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood
Summary: Qaanaaq is a floating city, based in the Arctic, a complex highly-engineered environment that somehow survives in this dystopian world. It is built along Arms, and social castes gravitate towards their own. The city has its social problems, and is riven by class, power and wealth. The city is run by mysterious shareholders (they … Continue reading Blackfish City – Sam Miller
Summary: A science fiction novel set many, many years into our future, it features a thrown-together group, each with their own personal quest, who unite to solve a mystery. Main Characters: Cal: A drifter, scavenger and deadbeat, he lives on and off the lowest rung of society. Prae: Long-lived human, from the original race of … Continue reading The Fifth Era Of Man – Joshua Barker
"O brave new world, that has such people in't!" – proclaims Miranda, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, as she sees the shipwrecked courtiers. For me, this book is a savage twist on that play. Brave New World. I was reading a lot of the classics at this time (all of Orwell – Road to Wigan … Continue reading Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
"We forget sometimes, that there are still beautiful things".